CIEE-Tallinn: Summer Intensive Russian Language

Program Details

Program Location Tallinn, Estonia
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2024 05/15/24 to 07/10/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Spend your summer improving your knowledge of the Russian language and fast-forward your skills to the next level!

Fondly named the “Gem of the Baltic,” Tallinn is Estonia’s capital and largest city. As a leader in technology and the major political, financial, cultural, and educational center of Estonia, Tallinn is full of rich culture and history that’ll captivate you as soon as you arrive. This enchanting city boasts a cozy and relaxed vibe while preserving its medieval Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), historical legacies, and rich nature. From its historic main square to its medieval architecture, Tallinn is an incredible place to live and learn abroad.

By immersing yourself in a city where 35% of residents have Russian roots, this unique summer program offers you the chance to practice your language skills in real-life situations and understand the shared history and culture between Estonia and Russia. By the end of the program, you’ll have a strong network of fellow students, local residents, and other international residents to carry into your future personal and professional endeavors. Whether you aim to work in international relations, business, language translation, or another related field, your experience living and learning in Tallinn will be highly transferable to wherever you take your career. Open doors for yourself with a summer in Estonia!

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 2 Sem Russian

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students are required to enroll in two CIEE Russian language classes (Russian Conversation and Russian Grammar) at either the Intermediate or Advanced level. 

More information about classes can be found on the CIEE website


  • Tour major Estonian cities, such as Pärnu (the summer capital of Estonia) or Tartu (the City of Good Thoughts)
  • Visit local startups and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation alumni businesses
  • Canoe, kayak, hike, or cycle in Estonia’s pristine and unspoiled landscape
  • Explore Tallinn’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of Europe's best-preserved towns from the Medieval Period
  • Network with the Baltic American Freedom Foundation alumni businesses and other local startups


Housing includes a single room with a homestay, or a private room in a student residence building.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.
The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, housing, excursions, and on-site orientation. Depending on the housing option selected, some or most meals may be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,703.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,550.00
Insurance $197.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Local Transportation $50.00
Meals $670.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $160.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email